Motivation - Allowing Employees to Try Something New
What Motivates One Employee May Not Work for Another
We have seen in previous coaching articles that there are many different factors which can play a part in increasing, or decreasing, a particular employee's motivation at work. Every employee is a unique individual, and whilst they may share certain characteristics and desires, it is often the case that what may motivate one might not have any effect on another. Even worse, it may have a detrimental influence on their motivation.
Giving Employees Some Authority Often Increases Motivation
As well as all of the other methods such as pay or allowing them to study and become an expert in their field, another way of motivating employees is to allow them the freedom to try new ideas and ways of doing things. This can include adopting a radically different marketing strategy to anything that the company has done before, introducing a new product or service, redefining existing processes or suggesting new reward and incentive schemes to motivate others.
Many employees lose motivation when they start to feel that they are stuck in a bit of a rut or that their ideas and suggestions are not listened to, but they can gain motivation by being given responsibility and a small amount of authority and power.
Managers Need to Play Their Part Too
All of this means that allowing a worker to try something new which they have come up with could really make a big difference to their attitude.
If this has been identified in business coaching or performance review sessions as something that may energise and motivate the employee, it is a motivational tactic which can be employed, providing that the manager keeps a close watch on the amount of freedom and flexibility the employee has and what they are doing, as it still needs to provide a benefit for the business and ensure it does not consume too many resources such as time and money. It may be the case that these could be better allocated elsewhere, although the manager may need to be brave and go against the urge to carry things on as they are and have always been done in the company, otherwise no change for the better would ever take place.